Understand the audio mixer

Understand the audio mixer

A mixing card is:

A multitrack player.

(A multitrack recorder lets you record instruments individually and mix a number of audio tracks in a song.)

A device used to mix audio tracks in a song.

(The controls to adjust the parameters of each audio channel and the main controls for all channels - used to mix a song.)

Mixture (in a nutshell):

Mixing boards can be understood as a transient housing facility. This temporary facility provides space for the sound produced by sound generation sources, which should be evaluated, cleaned, reassessed and placed tactically where they fit into the mix.

In short, mixer processes and accepts all audio signals. After that, the mixers give each signal its own insulated channel. Thereafter, a manufacturer or engineer prints each track on its own and then with all other tracks. And finally, with the help of the controls on the mixer, he shapes the tracks in the mix into a sculpture of sound that is comfortable for the ear.


Analog Mixing Boards are mixer consoles for hardware used to mix audio tracks through physical controls. Analog Mixers are also known as the traditional or original device used for mixer-based audio production.

Mixers vary in size and price. Eight track mixers are generally cheaper than mixers with more tracks. Mixers can have sixteen, twenty four, thirty two, eight eight, and etc. Some hardware-based recording studios used today have 100 or more channels. These consoles are state-of-the-art audio devices that can cost $ 100,000 or more.


Digital Mixers work in the same way as analog mixers. Digital Mixers accept signals in both analog and digital form. Converters built into the mixing card handle these audio signals. All signals are mixed in digital form when using a digital mixer. The controls are physical buttons and fathers found on an analogue mix card. The difference in a digital mixer is the ability to mix digital audio. Sound in this form is much more versatile.

With this flexible format you can join D.A.W. and sync it with music programs. Recording tracks in a multi-track recording program is usually used in a mixer-based recording studio. When your tracks are displayed as a sound waveform, you can edit your tracks using sound effects, processors, audio signal processors, and other music programs plugins. Once you're happy with your recordings, you can mix and master your musical production with the physical controls on your digital mixer.

In addition to the hands on the control of your mix, another important advantage of using digital mixers is the automatic recall of the mixing parameters within each song. So you can enjoy the pleasure of analog mixing, and immediately revoke the settings for each song you produce. This can be very helpful, as opposed to having to reset each parameter and effect to change a smaller question that you can find after bouncing your mix to the disc.

Components of Mixing Boards

Mixers are built with some basic components. All of these pieces affect the quality and price tag found on them. In general, you get what you pay for with mixers.

Preamplifier: Used to amplify the audio signals to a row level signal.

Channel Strips: A dedicated place for audio input. In each channel strip, you will find a fader to control the output volume, mute / solo buttons, pan pot adjustment buttons and effects send / or aux broadcast.

Pan-Potter: Let you choose where the signal is placed in the stereo bar. (width)

Solo-Mute: Replaceable selection to silence the selected track or hear it yourself. "Solo"

Faders: Are they vertically sliding volume controls that regulate the levels of each channel.

In summary

Mixers give music producers and engineers satisfactory hands on control. They can be a reliable source of hardware to handle your signal flow. In contrast to relying on computers and music software, but no longer need equipment for any home or pro studio.

Built-in amplifiers and signal processors can provide qualitative improvement to the slots in your mix.

While a hardware mixer may not be right for your particular studio installation, it's important to understand the components of using a mixer board for anyone interested in music production.

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